9 to 5 nails: what works at work
We can all agree that neon yellow nail polish won’t fly in most corporate office environments, but work-appropriate polish extends beyond sheer nudes or “business lady pink.” I’ve put together a few tips for the 9-to-5 crowd, plus my top office-friendly polish picks for the season.
- Nudes are nice, but white or slightly off-white polish looks so fresh and clean. A sloppy white manicure can look like you went crazy with the Wite-Out, so use a remover-dipped makeup brush to clean up around the edges for a crisp, professional look.
- My favorite office polish color right now is pale mint/pistachio green, like Dew from RGB. This barely-there green looks just as professional as a pale pink or nude, while letting you embrace an on-trend, updated color.
- If you work in a strict corporate environment or are only comfortable wearing neutrals, kick your nude nails up a notch with a hint of subtle shimmer. Cult Nails Mazo is a sheer nude with barely-there shimmer that adds a little glitz to a subdued mani. You can also layer a flakie or glitter top coat over your go-to nude polish – Essie LuxEffects is a good place to start.
- The shorter you keep your nails, the more colors you can pull off. A saturated orange or a nearly-black purple may look unprofessional on long nails, but the exact same colors can look sophisticated and chic on short, nicely shaped nails.
- Chips happen, so if you wear dark polish at work, keep single-serving remover wipes in your desk. A chipped mani is never a good look. Try Deborah Lippmann Stripper To Go or Cutex Remover Pads.
- And of course, you can’t go wrong with a classic red. It just works, period.
Office attire: J.Crew
If you work in an office, how does that impact your polish choices? Let me know in the comments!
Giveaway winner: Thank you to everyone who entered my Nails Inc. giveaway. I loved reading all of your comments. I used Random.org to select a winner – the Neon & Nude Collection goes to … Teresa Rice! Congrats!